Early in the day, it was announced that Julian Green would be attending the USMNT camp in March prior to a friendly with Mexico, and soccer fans in the U.S. instantly leaped to their feet. When further word came out that the 19 year old will be filing a one-time switch from Germany to the USMNT, they all ran around in unison, and rightfully so. This commitment is both a sign of the progress the Americans have made in recent years, and a sign of things to come at the 2014 World cup.
In Green, the USMNT will be getting a dynamic forward unlike one they have ever seen, and it is not even close. Green can line up as a centre forward, winger or even attacking midfielder, and has the mix of pace, ability to swing balls into the box from the outside, and the finishing ability that a world class forward has to possess. That he has scored 15 goals in 19 games for the Bayern Munich reserve team and suited up for the top squad is an indication of the fact that he could one day rank amongst the best players in the world.
Gaining the commitment of Green almost certainly came with a pledge to at least put him on the 23-man roster that will travel to the Brazil this summer, and he actually deserves the spot. Only Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Aron Johansson are legitimate locks to go to the 2014 World Cup as forwards, and aside from that group, the second tier is made up of youngsters or MLS players who have no chance of making a real impact on the biggest stage. Green at the very least has the talent to make a difference against the likes of Portugal, Germany and Ghana, and just the prospect of going to the World Cup will show other dual-internationals that the USMNT can offer big things.
Getting Green to come on board comes on the heels of such dual-internationals as Johansson, Omar Gonzalez, John Anthony Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Terrence Boyd and Fabian Johnson all choosing the USMNT over another nation. There is no doubting that the presence of Jurgen Klinsmann has sparked this revolution of youngsters picking the USMNT, and also proves that youth players are taking notice of the open and attractive style of play that has been implemented. Each player is under 25 years of age and has the opportunity to form a core group of players that is more talented than any the USMNT has ever possessed.
As the USMNT heads into the 2014 World Cup, it is safe to say that the team has never been in a better place, and Green is only the icing on the cake. Over the last two years, the USMNT have compiled a 17-3-5 record, beaten the likes of Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mexico, and brought on a group of talents that could see the nation become a perennial power before long.